There are many different terms used to describe spinal disc pathology, such as bulging disc. Discs act as cushions between the vertebrae in your spine and are composed of an outer layer of tough cartilage that surrounds softer cartilage in the center. A bulging disc extends outside the space it should normally occupy, which can affect a large portion of the disc—similar to a hamburger that does not fit on its bun.
Typically, the part of the disc that is bulging is the tough outer layer of the cartilage and is usually considered part of the normal aging process of the disc. A bulging disc is a common cause of lower back pain and can sometimes be reduced by simple exercises and stretches, as well as making lifestyle modifications.
Through treatment of a bulging disc you will feel a decrease in your pain, which means the bulge is decreasing in size as well. Remember, pain is never normal, so visit a pain specialist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment planning so you can experience an improved quality of life.
For more information on Bulging Disc in the Chicago, IL area call Chicago Sports & Spine Pain Management Physicians at (312) 623-7246 today!